IMCO's City of Tacoma Central Wastewater Treatment Plant Flood Protection Project Honored
Project Receives State and National Awards from the American Public Works Association in Emergency $5M - $25M Category
City Receives State and National Awards for Flood Protection Project
The City of Tacoma’s Environmental Services Department was recently awarded the Washington State American Public Works Association’s Chapter Award for Project of the Year. Tacoma won in the category of Emergency/Disaster Preparedness for the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant (CTP) Flood Protection Project. In addition, this honor has led to the project being selected as one of APWA’s National Public Works Projects of the Year for 2016. These awards recognize excellence in management and administration to successfully complete public works projects.
“The Pierce County Flood Control Zone District has accomplished a great deal since it was created three years ago. The local projects it has funded have benefited all residents in Pierce County,” said Rick Talbert, chairman of the district. “The national recognition for the CTP Flood Protection Project demonstrates the impact the district has had on our community while also serving as a model for the rest of the country. In addition, the district also completed the Calistoga setback levee that reduces flood risk for the city of Orting.”
The milestone CTP Flood Protection Project gives the region much needed defense against a major flooding event, as this facility was ranked second in the region for critical infrastructure flood risk by the district. The need to reduce this danger brought the proactive installation of a 2,500 foot long flood wall that stretches along the outside of the plant.
“The CTP Flood Protection Project is a critical component that protects vital community infrastructure from flooding and reduces the risk of potential environmental damage to rivers, creeks and Puget Sound,” said Joyce McDonald, vice chair of the Pierce County Flood Control Zone District.
A resourceful collaboration between the district, the City’s design team, and the City’s builder, IMCO Construction, brought the project to fruition in just a year’s time. The district was paramount to the success of this project in recognizing the critical need for flood protection at this facility and then managing the funding process in a timely and professional manner. The project, which cost almost $9 million, was funded by nearly $3 million of utility customer rates and $6 million in district funds.
"I'm proud of the engineering solution, quality design and superior implementation of this important project,” said Deputy Mayor Ryan Mello. “Funding from our partners at the Pierce County Flood Control Zone District made this project happen much sooner to ensure protection of this key regional asset that cleans our water and protects our economy."
The Washington State APWA Chapter Award was received on Thursday, April 7, at a conference in Vancouver, Washington. The APWA’s National Public Works Projects of the Year for 2016 award will be received on Monday, Aug. 29, at a convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Watch the video on the CTP Flood Protection Project here or for more information on the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant, visit cityoftacoma.org.
Published by CityofTacoma.org